You Don’t Need An Extreme Bucket List to Find Happiness – I loved this piece by Mary Elizabeth Williams. “I hope someday to see Machu Picchu. I fantasize about getting my master’s degree. There is a big world full of spectacular things, and I have so much I still want to experience within it. But today, I can make that fried chicken recipe I bookmarked three years ago…There is nothing standing in my way – no money to be saved up; no calendar to clear. Life is happening now, and the whole big lesson I got out of almost losing it far sooner than I ever planned is to not put off anything that catches my curiosity or moves my heart.”
A Year Without Oliver Sacks – Sacks is one of my favorite writers, and I think often of his legacy, share his writing, and return to his words myself. This remembrance by one of his best friends made me ache for his loss, as well as swell with gratitude for his life. His contribution was enormous (I also had no idea he knew Robin Williams, though it doesn’t surprise me, when I read it. I hope they are together somewhere now, laughing hard).
American Crime. I am not a huge TV watcher, but WOW. I watched Season One over the summer and Season Two just a week or so ago while Matt was immediately post-surgery. I loved Season Two even more than Season One, but found both incredibly riveting. So, so, so good.
Matt has been reading a lot, since he’s mostly immobile. He has recently read and enjoyed Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger, Valiant Ambition by Nathanial Philbrick, Chaos Monkeys by Antonio Garcia Martinez, and Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. These are somewhat different than the fare I usually write about here, but if you have any books that you think he might like, we’d both love to hear about them!
I read a lot this summer, and I shared the rundown with brief thoughts on each book last week. I am interested to hear what you have been reading.
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